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    November 26, 2012
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grover norquist, condemning his pledge never to raise taxes. >> when you're $16 trillion in debt, the only pledge we should be making to each other is to avoid becoming greece and republicans should put revenue on the table. >> how's that for a profiling courage? senator graham is standing up to a pledge he made to an unelected official in charge of a group that most americans never heard of. a pledge that's 26 years old. but at least graham is voting to raise taxes on the wealthy. right? wrong. >> raises tax rates will hurt job creation so i agree with grover we should not raise rates. i will violate for the good of the country only if democrats will do entitlement reform. >> so he won't raise tax rates
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and entitlements need to be gutted. but that's more like it. let's see some more brave talk from the gop. >> i'm not obligated on the pledge. there's a menu of options on the revenue side and on the entitlement side and as long as there are two parties that are willing to solve this problem, this is a very easy thing to do technically. what it takes is political courage. >> guess what? that political courage doesn't include ding, ding, ding, higher tack rates for the top 2%. but don't pay any attention to that. republicans want us to know that what's really important is that they are rejecting the norquist pledge. >> the lot that has been said about this pledge and i will tell you, when i go to the constituents that re-elected me, it is not about that pledge. it really is about trying to solve problems. and so if right now the question
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is, how do you do that? well, john boehner went to the white house ten days ago and said republicans in the house are willing to put revenues on the table. that was a big move, right? >> a big move? huh? the gop has always been open to raising revenue. governor romney even promised to do that. it seems awfully similar to what speaker boehner offered a year ago during debt talks. >> we have an agreement on a revenue number. there was an agreement on some additional revenues. >> i stuck my neck out a mile and i put revenues on the table. >> revenues on the table? the gop is essentially offering the same thing they did a year ago. plus, they want to keep tack rates for the wealthy the same. they want to cut entitlements, postpone pentagon cuts, and now they are putting health care on
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the table. mr. cantor says the gop has presented a big move. nah. losing an election is big. i'm still waiting for the move part from them. joining me now is jared bernstein, msnbc contributor and former chief economist for vice president joe biden and michelle cottle, washington correspondent for newsweek and the daily beast. thank you both for coming on the show. >> thanks, rev. >> michelle, let me go to you first. let's leave the other tax reform issues for aside for the moment. how can they defend not raising rates? >> this is fundamental to the house republicans got elected and who they are. taxation is stealing under any circumstances you don't raise the tax rates. and this whole grover norquist pledge, i agree, is a complete distraction. no matter how you feel about taxes, you don't want to look like you're tied to and being
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given marching orders by somebody who people have never heard of. i don't think the norquist pledge really matters. the house, in particular, has a problem with any kind of tax rate hike. >> now, jared, you're the economist. what is the economic part of this? give me how the economy is impacted by the rates as opposed to what they are saying. >> well, it's a very important question because the argument underlying the republican position is that if you increase the tax rate on the top 2% of households, you'll somehow bring the economic recovery to its knees. well, in fact, that's basically supply side trickle down economics which we've seen time and again is a complete hoax and most recently we have the congressional budget office, the nonpartisan score keeper, telling us that -- allowing those tax rates to expire just at the tippy top there would have no impact on growth next
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year. so they don't have that. you don't even hear them talking about that anymore. so now they have this vague notion that, yeah, we want to put revenues on the table but not through rates. it has to be through broadening the base. now, if you press them, exactly where are we going to broaden the base, guys and gals in they tell you what they are going to take off the table, not what they are going to put on. >> so they are not serious as far -- if the top 2%, according to the nonpartisan analysts of this are saying it will have nothing to do with growth, michelle, then it does not seem like they are being serious. then let's add to that, congressman cantor was on fox news today and said that the president must prove he's serious in the debt talks about putting health care on the table. listen to this. >> if the president is serious about joining us and fixing the problem, he ought to be putting obama care on the table.
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there's no question in my mind. >> how does that make sense, michelle? >> well, it makes sense because eric cantor's team lost the election and their hopes of repealing obama care is pretty much shot. so their last chance at undermining a bill that they all hate and campaigned on repealing is to try and make it look like the only thing reasonable for the defendant to do is to throw it in the mix. of course, that's not true. they are just grasping at last straws here. >> can i make a moment on that? >> yes. go ahead. >> if i were president obama and i were sitting in that room and negotiating with these members and someone brought up -- if eric cantor brought up putting affordable care act on the table, i would be well within my rights to stand up and walk out of that room. that is absolutely ridiculous. i totally agree everything should be on the table when it comes to fiscal policy but this
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election was an entorsment of the affordable care act. these guys, i think, are really nuts to try to raise that as an issue in this context. >> well, the other part that to me adds a lot to that, liberals know that they have the upper hand. particularly since the election. politico remarks, a growing bloc of em boldened liberals say they are not afraid to watch defense spending get gouged and taxed go up on every american if budget deal doesn't satisfy their priorities. in other words, they'd rather walk the country off the cliff than watch president barack obama gave on long-held liberal priorities. to call the republicans bluff on this? >> the progressives are clearly feeling their oats at this point. they are feeling good about the election but i think also obama feels like he gave away too much or was too conciliatory last
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time around. the last debt crisis we had made the republicans look back. it hurt their image and you can see them trying really hard this time to paint the picture as they are the reasonable ones, it's obama being unreasonable. that said, what we're probably looking at is they are going to kick this can down the road and give us a short-term resolution to get past january and then do this all again next year. >> but at the same time, jared, the public is supporting the progressives or the democrats on this. polling shows this. 72% republicans should compromise. 72% of the of the people polled. 67% want a mix of spending cuts and tax increases. 56% taxed the wealthy to help the poor. 53% unfavorable view of the gop. the win is behind the back of the liberals on this. >> i agree.
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i think the -- really the sentiment that i hear from all of the polling data is, come on, it is really time to compromise and with the outcome of this election to republicans, that means accepting that the top tax rates on the top 2% of the households have to expire. to democrats, that means that they are going to have to be some spending cuts in the mix as well. now, the fact is,le there have already been significant spending cuts so putting new revenues in the deal is absolutely essential and it can't just be the vague boehner kind of phrase about revenues. it has to be tied to either the expiration of the top two tax cuts or specific base broad ners and i haven't heard anything when it comes to the latter. >> now, jared, you were in the rooms last time during the debt talkses. are you sensing anything different this time around? >> absolutely. i sense that the president, the white house, the democrats have
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a lot more conviction, a lot more spine as to the position that they've steakaked out. you can see that pretty clearly. they also recognize, if nothing changes, nobody does anything, we really do go over this cliff and that's, frankly, something that everyone would really want to avoid. >> now, michelle, i'm hearing senators come out like graham and others saying they will violate their commitment to mr. norquist but i'm not hearing leading republicans in the house say this. is it that important and isn't that where the battle is going to be fought? >> absolutely. and that has been the problem in the past. i mean, because the conventional wisdom is that this senate is more conciliatory and has to compromise more because one guy can filibuster forever. the house districts are getting more and more partisan. whether it's through
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gerrymandering, the conservatives is more conservative. and that does not leave a lot of room in the middle for good, buy part son negotiations. the current kind of blood sport makes it all the harder. >> jared bernanke stestein and cottle, thank you for your time this evening. >> thank you, rev. coming up, fox news keeps saying that the libya scandal is a scandal. and the truth came out on air today. we'll show you the bizarre ending to an interview today. and big news tonight. ambassador susan rice will meet face-to-face with john mccain tomorrow. plus, he's the wrong with everything wrong with politics in america and now donald's kids know it. what happened in the trump
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what did the gop learn from that devastating election defeat? not enough. in some places they just picked up where they left off before the election. that's next.
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republicans spent the last two years attacking voting rights and women's rights all across the country. and it blew up in their faces on election night. but they didn't learn their lesson. and now they are at it again. in virginia, republican lawmakers will interviews a new voter i.d. law. in ohio, they are limiting abortion rights and defund planned parenthood. new anti-abortion rights are coming in wisconsin as well, where the state's governor, scott walker, also wants to scale back voting registration. >> states across the nation have real problems because the vast majority have poll workers who are working 12 hour days and most are retirees and it's
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difficult for them to handle the folks that come at the last minute. it would be much better if it was done in advance of election day. >> better for who? republicans? what are these people doing? voter suppression that alienates minorities, that alienates women. this is the kind of thing that led to losing the election. senator john mccain went on fox news yesterday. and while he didn't say much that i agreed with, he did say this. >> there is no doubt what so oh ever that the demographics are not on our side and we are going to have to give a much more positive agenda. and as far as young women are concerned, i don't think anybody like me, i can state my position on abortion but other than that, leave the issue alone. >> leave the issue alone. and if republicans don't, they'll pay the price again on the next election day. joining me now is alena maxwell
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and alicia menendez, host and producer of huff post live. alicia, let me start with you. so the republicans lost the election and now lawmakers are pushing the same kind of policy that caused their big disaster on election night. >> yeah. i mean, it's pretty unbelievable. and at the same time, it makes sense. if you can't win the new coalition, if you can't win african-americans, hispanics, young americans, then you just stop them from voting. that's part of what we're seeing in virginia. and when it comes to these questions of reproductive rights that we're seeing out of ohio, it doesn't make sense. planned parenthood, only 3% of the services that they offer are abortions. the rest are about poor women having access to -- >> only 3%? >> only 3%. so when you choose planned parenthood as your target, that
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means you're not actually arguing about the sanctity of life or about stopping abortions. it means that you're picking a political fight. they are doing this and doing it very purposefully and it's going to backfire against them. >> when you look at the 2013 map, 24 states will have republican governors with republican legislatures. 24. will these gop politicians just ignore the lessons of the election and just try to ramp through the far right legislation? >> i think so. and that's very unfortunate because what is going to happen is they are going to continue to put anti-choice legislation through the state legislatures and they are going to pass because right now there's already, in many of the states, registration that is unconstitutional, according to roe v. wade. it's going to come up to the courts and then we have a conservative court. fortunately, president obama came out on top. likely he's going to appoint the
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successors to ginsburg and even perhaps steven briar. we're going to see what is happening but they have completely ignored the lessons of any election, whether it be 2011 or 2012 and they are going to continue along this path. >> alicia, when you look at scott walker saying the voter registration in wisconsin, let me show you where he says, there's no way we'd be in favor of that, the wisconsin municipal court association says that. but the courts, being conservative, may uphold them on this, which is why the fight is continued. >> you know, we should have -- it should be the easiest day of the year to register to vote. it's the day where there's the greatest interest and instead of having that conversation of how we get more people to vote, we're having a conversation about limiting voter. at least now we're not hearing
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this jargon about voter fraud. now we're hearing an entirely new mythology about the fact that we have poll workers simply too overworked. neither of those means hold up and i think you're going to see that. this is absolutely ridiculous. we should want more people voting. we should want a stronger democracy. we should not be trying to keep people out of the system. >> zerlina, the night of the election, the night of the big defeat, you started hearing all of this about expand the party, we need to reach out, we must be more inclusive and with good reason when you look at the exit polling with unmarried women, the president was ahead. hispanics, 71% voted for president obama as opposed to 27% for mitt romney. african-americans, 93% voted for president obama, only 6% for mitt romney. yet now you have the governors
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and these legislatures ignoring all of that. it seems like they are going on like the election never happened in some states. >> they have amnesia, apparently. because they are getting the gold medal and doing what nobody wants done. republicans mean a complete overhaul of their party. the problem isn't extremists, they are not extreme within the republican party. they are mainstream. mourdock talked about what is within the mainstream of the party. they need a complete overhaul and that takes a lot more effort. >> alicia, let me ask you almost the same thing. how -- what happened to the rhetoric the night of being more inclusive or broadening their base and now we see the governors in these states going back to the same kinds of legislation and rhetoric they
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had before? and not only the governors and the states, let me put this in addition, as an addendum to my question. the house has a new bill, gop house members. and it's an immigration bill. the good of the bill is it helps green card members bring families to the u.s. but the bad is it ends a visa program aimed at immigrants from africa. so they can't even have a straight immigration reform bill that doesn't almost cancel itself out. >> yeah. i mean, this is what we're used to seeing. this is representative lamar smith wiping out diversity visas and replacing them with visas for foreign students who come to the u.s. and have degrees in math, science, and the argument that we're having, the conversation that we need to have is about the 11 million immigrants who live in the shadows. most of them are low-skilled workers. what we see are representatives
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like representative smith, robbing peter to pay paul. we can increase access for those high-skilled access at the same time that we increase access for low-skilled immigrants. that's the conversation that we need to of. the fact that they hide under the guys of increasing family unity is disgusting in my mind. >> alicia men dendez, thank you very much. coming up, they just can't get enough of it. but today the truth came out and tomorrow, ambassador susan rice will meet with her harshest critic, john mccain. will we see an apology from the senator? plus, donald trump is under fire with ugly attacks against the president from his own family. you're watching "politicsnation" on msnbc.
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republican senators, john mccain, lindsey graham, and kelly. on wednesday she will meet with republican senator susan collins. but forget the facts that make this a no scandal. fox news just keeps its drumbeat going. for the past three months is on an never ending loop. they talk about coverups, what did susan rice know and when did they know it was terror. but today the truth came out. listen to what tom ricks, the defense expert and pulitzer price winner -- listen to what he has had to say. >> senator mccain says he would block any chance to nominate susan rice to become secretary of state. she's currently the u.n.
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ambassador. he seems to be backing away from that. what do you think? >> i think benghazi was hyped by this network especially and now that the campaign is over i think he's backing off a little bit. they are not going to stop susan rice from being secretary of state. >> benghazi was hyped, especially by the network, but it doesn't stop there. >> you have four people dead including the first u.n. ambassador. >> i see this focus on a small fire fight. i've covered a lot of fire fights. it's impossible to figure out what happens. second, i think that the effort of benghazi have been extremely political partly because fox was operating as a wing of the republican party. >> all right. tom ricks, thank you very much for joining us today. >> yes, tom, see you later. take that troop somewhere else. joining me now is joe madison, nationally syndicated radio host
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of sirius xm, the power and ryan grim from "the huffington post." thank you both for your time tonight. >> thank you. >> i want to talk about fox's role in pushing this scandal but, ryan, let's start with the big news tonight about susan rice meeting with the mccain tomorrow. what are you hearing? >> this was simply an unsustainable opposition. especially after the election for mccain, and graham to be standing in the way of an african-american woman who hasn't even been nominated yet simply because she went on the television and repeated what the cia was saying at the time, that was completely unsustainable. tomorrow ricks said it it right. that was completely political. the facts have shown that she wasn't lying. she was repeating what the cia had said was their best guess at
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that moment. it turns out to have been wrong. but to try to block her from being secretary of state simply for that was completely unsustainable and, you know, the meetings that are going to happen this week are the first step in her confirmation if the president does nominate her. i think that it would be very difficult for them to stop her. >> now, joe, they hammered ambassador rice. mccain hammered her but now he seems to be changing his tone. look at what he said then and look at what he is saying now. watch this. >> susan rice should have known better and if she didn't know better, she's not qualified. >> we will do whatever's necessary to block the nomination that's within our power as far as susan rice is concerned. if this select committee if appointed clears her of any wrongdoing, besides not being very bright because it was obvious that this was not a,
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quote, flash mob -- i think we give all nominees the benefit of the hearing process, et cetera. maybe she could start out by publicly coming back on this show and saying, i was wrong. i gave the wrong information on your show some several weeks ago. that might be a beginning. >> so those are pretty hard, direct attack statements but then listen to what he's saying now, joe. >> is there anything that ambassador rice could do to change your mind? >> sure. i give everyone the benefit of explaining their actions and i'd be glad to have the opportunity to have this discussion with her. >> she could conceivably get your vote for secretary of state? >> i think she deserves the ability to explain her positions, as she said. but she's not the problem. the problem is the president of the united states who, in a debate with mitt romney, said that he had said it was a terrorist attack. >> so now all of a sudden she's
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not the problem. we can talk about it after a litany of attacks, all aimed at her professional as well as career integrity. >> i think what happened, reverend, was that senator mccain probably also, in addition to what has been said, really underestimated just how well thought of susan rice is, not only in the state department but i think, and generally among the public, she has a wrong record of service, people have a tremendous amount of respect and when her track record, her educational background got out, people realized that this was a very talented, bright woman. in addition, here's what else happened. i believe that people started calling senator mccain's office. they jammed those phone lines.
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they let him know that they didn't appreciate the approach that he took and he also, thirdly, found himself lone wolf. he didn't have as much support as he hoped he was getting. and then finally, i think all along, they had lost the presidential election and this was more of a way to go after president obama. they wanted a loss and here was a way to pre-empt -- have a pre-emptive strike and hoping that this would catch on and it would be a loss early in his second term. >> but it wasn't, ryan, just senator mccain. it was fox over and over and over again. watch fox's role in this and some of the highlights of their continuing to try and incite the scandal that wasn't there. >> fox news sources telling us
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cia officers on the ground in benghazi during the attack sent requests for help but were denied. >> in fact, there were three separate requests to aid not only the attack that was occurring at the consulate and to try and help with that attack but also requests for outside help, outside military to help, to help once there were gunfires and fire fights at the cia annex. those requests, we're told, came from higher headquarters. they were told to stand down. this is somewhat explosive information that three requests were denied from higher headquarters to not only help the ambassador and his team at the consulate but also to send in outside military help that could have helped in this ongoing fire fight that went on for six hours and 20 minutes. >> but several news sources said, ryan, none of that is true. in fact, the long angeles times
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reporting, at every level in the chain of command from the senior offices in libya to the senior officials in washington, everyone was fully engaged in trying to provide whatever help they could. a senior intelligence official said, there were no orders to anybody to stand down in providing support. this is on the record, l.a. times senior adviser, senior official said this and to our knowledge, fox has never apologized for these false reports. >> yeah. this is a real gut check moment for fox. i mean, they really emptied the clip on this story. they took all of the ammunition they had to the end of the campaign, it continuing through today to try to make this some type of hoover scandal that would take down, you know, an official within the obama administration and they completely failed. and not only did they fail, it backfired. they lost credibility on their reporting as you just
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highlighted. susan rice is more popular and more well known than she was at the beginning and mccain looks humiliated by trying to create this committee out of full cloth. that went know where so fox has to kind of think now what is our role in the coming years if we can't -- if we can't use all of our energy and affect a change here. >> fox is a propaganda machine. >> joe, i want to be fair, there was one voice over there that tried to make a little sense and that was late in the campaign, was geraldo rivera. listen to what geraldo said. >> i think we have to stop politicizing. we're getting away from the real issue, which is, why wasn't there security before this happened? because that's the issue. but these preposterous allegations, reckless allegations -- do weapon want to know what happened? do we want to try and influence
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the election with a tragedy that happened in north africa? >> and they were fighting him there and then geraldo tweeted on october 31st, gop bloodlust regarding benghazigate insincere deperate and reminiscent of fast and furious petraeus lie-new rule if issa in charge truth not the goal. >> thank god that geraldo has come to the point where he is willing to speak truth to power because they have the power of his paycheck. let's be honest about it. and that -- thomas ricks. we need more thomas ricks. if you listen closely to that interview with thomas ricks, once he said what he said, they cut that interview to 90 seconds
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and then you could hear the anchor shuffling papers. >> because the interview was cut prematurely. >> joe madison, ryan grim, thank you for your time tonight. >> thank you. coming up, donald trump is everything that's wrong with politics. now his own kids know it. what is an insider saying about the trump family intervention? and mitch mcconnell is his goal to make president obama a one-term president fail. so he's ready to change, right? think again. stay with us. [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus presents the cold truth. i have a cold... i took dayquil, but i still have a runny nose. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil doesn't work on runny noses. what? [ male announcer ] it doesn't have an antihistamine. really? [ male announcer ] really. alka-seltzer plus cold and cough fights your worst cold symptoms, plus has a fast acting antihistamine to relieve your runny nose. [ sighs ] thank you! [ male announcer ] you're welcome. that's the cold truth! [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus.
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it's one thing when political experts get sick and tired of donald trump's attack on the president but it's a whole other story when his own kids want him to put a lid on it an insider told the new york daily news, eric, donald, and ivanka staged an intervention last month advising their father to cool it on president obama. insiders saying, quote, the
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three of them met, went to see their dad in his fifth avenue office, showed him a lot of respect but told him he's worked too long and too hard to build up the reputation that he has. they understand completely he's always been outspoken and that he likes attention. but this is too much. this is a guy who got a televised press conference when endorsed governor romney. he won over the tea party with disrespect for the president. >> all i want to do is see this guy's birth certificate. >> there's one line. i'd like to see what he says. >> perhaps it's going to say hawaii. perhaps it's going to say kenya. >> if barack obama opens up and gives his college records and applications and if he gives his pass board applicationses and records, i will give to a charity of his choice a check
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immediately for $5 million. >> but the tea party is fading. america is rejecting this brand of ugliness, like joe walsh, allen west, todd akin, and richard mourdock are gone. america is done with the mean spirited attacks and so are trump's kids. the question is, is the gop leadership ready to hold their own political intervention? joining me now is dana milbank, columnist for "the washington post." dana, thanks for joining me this evening. >> hi, reverend. >> if trump's children can't keep him from talking about where the president was born, can anyone? >> i don't know. i like the notion in the -- first of all, the donald denied the report if the children haven't done it they certainly should. but it doesn't appear that
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donald trump listens to anybody so it's not clear why he would listen to his family and it also seems that since he's continued to say outrageous things since then and to tweet out outrageous remarks since then, when or whether or not it happened, the donald is clearly going to continue to work his way into becoming more and more irrelevant. but providing good fodder for your show. >> let's put him aside for a moment. let's look at a cast of others that use a lot of ugly rhetoric and ended up paying for it. congressman joe walsh and allen west both gone now. look at this. >> they want hispanics to be dependent upon government. that's their game.
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>> take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the american people somewhere else. you can take it to europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, to the north pole, but get the hell out of the united states of america. >> president obama, quit lying. does that say anything about the mean spirited ugliness that defeats those that are ultimately the deciders of this country and that's the voters? >>. >> well, it does say that the american voter does ultimately get it right. i don't think, unfortunately, that it's reason for optimism. while those two gentlemen may be gone, others will come, others will take their place. if you look at the caucus, particularly among house
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republicans, it really hasn't changed that much. even when their leadership is trying to be accommodating to the extent they are, it's not clear that they have any flexibility at all to do that and to celebrate some republican return to sanity. >> let me quote you something from bob frum. he says, economic conservatives and wealthy republicans have formed an unholy alliance with religion right whose views they don't share but whose votes they covet. now they are saddled with a base that could leave them with increasingly unelectable nominees if what the gop looks for now is a trick, what it will find is a way deeper into the wilderness. >> i think that's the problem
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that they are up against. bob was talking about at the presidential level where that problem exists. what i'm looking at here in the capital is that the house republicans feel that they've been vindicated, that their positions have been vindicated, that the idea of no compromise has been irradicated by the voters. gerryman dering, while for every allen west, ten others who will say and do what they want and if they stray from the tea party line too much they are going to get knocked out in the primary. none of that has changed. >> well, i think that if it doesn't change, we are going to see more election nights like we did a couple weeks ago because american voters seem to have consistently said the same thing all over the country to those that have used these kinds of ugly statements and ugly forms of campaign. >> well, yes, reverend. and certainly at the
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presidential level we've seen that happen. and we also saw it on the senate side of the capital where the republicans would have gained control if not for a lot of these tea party candidates that threw away very winnable races in the last two cycles. we're seeing it there. where we are not seeing it is in the house and i don't know what is going to cause that to change. they have a pretty iron grip without a whole incentive to change. >> dana milbank, thank you for your time tonight. >> thanks, reverend. >> we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] you are a business pro.
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integrity. tomorrow, as they sit there, isn't it interesting the acting director of the cia, the one who has all of the evidence, will be with her. i hope they get past the demogogary and i hope they remember that four people lost their lives. americans don't need politicking and posturing. we need the truth and we need to move on. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. hiding in history. let's play "hardball." ♪ good evenin good evenin. i'm chris matthews in washington. let's start with this. republicans must think they own the white house. i say this as someone who has watched them before and after the election. from the heigh o